Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1884. First printing. Black and white drawings. Pictorial cloth over boards. Duodecimo. 262 pages. Very good. Bound in cocoa brown cloth over boards with spine stamped in gilt and black, upper board stamped in three colors with an illustration of a yacht. Prior owner name dated 1887 pencilled on front free endpaper.
An important and very readable account of a cruise in the Chesapeake Bay and its environs in the summer of 1883. Joseph Rothrock was a professor of botany at the University of Pennsylvania and is considered the "Father of Forestry" in Pennsylvania.
The Chesapeake Bay was viewed as a commercial fishery rather than a waterway for pleasure boating through the 19th century, making this an uncommon perspective for the time.
Ref: TOY #1394; MORRIS & HOWLAND p. 118; PRATT - EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND #42.